BlueCat acquires Men&Mice to boost its DNS, DHCP and IP address management platform and help organizations improve network resiliency and simplify network management.


Tolly Report

Micetro - Overlay DDI Orchestration

Report Overview

Dealing with disparate DNS, DHCP and IP address management systems is a fact of life for businesses of all sizes. Even for the rare environment that previously had a single on-prem DDI solution, the emergence of cloud services has essentially turned every environment into a mixed, multivendor environment. As that network complexity grows, it becomes increasingly important to manage it effectively.  

Men&Mice commissioned Tolly to evaluate its Micetro DNS, DHCP, and IPAM (DDI) overlay orchestration solution. The evaluation encompassed the full range of the Micetro offering which includes: DNS, DHCP, IPAM, redundancy, automation, and reporting/troubleshooting. 

Test Results

Tests showed that Micetro’s components were simple to install into an existing, multi-vendor DDI network that included both on-prem and cloud components. Micetro’s orchestration was intuitive and simple to use with its overlay approach providing a single, consistent interface across all the underlying, multi-vendor services.


  • Installation in under an hour. Non-disruptive to existing DDI components.


  • Multi-service interoperability. Non-Disruptive Operation. Easy resource migration from on-prem to cloud.


  • Multi-Component Redundancy: Micetro server, back-end database, xDNS redundancy zones.


  • Extensive automation support built via abstraction layer that allows portability to all managed services. This also results in a reduced learning curve as the same automation UI is used for all managed services.


  • Centralized logs to aid troubleshooting of underlying services. Provides audit logs for services, like AWS, that do not log IP address changes.


  • Ease-of-use reduces/eliminates training time/costs. No requirement for cloud appliances reduces OpEx.

The Bottom Line

Micetro Delivers!

Rapid time-to-value: Less than one hour from starting installation to working management of DDI elements

Overlay approach that is non-disruptive and DNS/DHCP system agnostic

Unified GUI to orchestrate all systems; eliminates learning curves for multiple underlying systems

Services additional to core, including logging, alerting, reporting, APIs, audit trails, health monitoring, and redundancy

Enhancements and extensions to native Microsoft and Linux management

“For me it’s about IP allocation where we can see the whole IP space, knowing which IP is mapped to which name. [With Micetro] it’s much easier to see what’s free and where we want to put things, rather than probing the IPs one by one through DNS. For us that’s a key feature that’s really helpful.”

Charlie Alvarez,
IAM Service Owner & Team Manager, NI (National Instruments).